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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 vs Nexus 9: What to Know





These tablets both represent the best build quality and design from each manufacturer, but Samsung has a leg up. The Nexus 9 has an aluminum ring around the sides for a premium feel and added durability, but a soft-touch matte back on the rear. It was flimsy at times, and while it feels nice, there is something about it that just doesn't let it feel like a premium tablet.

Samsung on the other hand, has a very sturdy, durable, premium tablet in the Galaxy Tab S, and the new Tab S2.

They’re also the lightest tablets in each respective size category being lighter than the iPad Mini 3 and the new Air. That being 265g for the 8-inch model and 389g for the 9.7-inch variant. Samsung kept the same aluminum design, added a better fingerprint scanner, and tossed in the powerful 8-core Samsung Exynos processor.

And once again, as we mentioned earlier both of these tablets look nothing like almost any other Android tablet you've probably owned. They have a 4:3 aspect ratio where they aren't as long. Instead they're slightly wider and shorter. It's the same design Apple has used for years, and was fist implemented on an Android tablet by Google with the Nexus 9, and now Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2.



  1. Ange Dylla

    08/07/2015 at 6:58 pm

    Can you message on it or receive txt? what about a spen does it have that?

  2. zambutu

    08/08/2015 at 5:58 am

    The old tabs were 16:10 not 16:9pm…makes a diference

  3. Monokuma

    11/29/2015 at 1:52 pm

    Errrrrhhhmmm. Uhhh, why is my tab s2 8.0 able to play 1440p quad HD videos on YouTube? If it was only 1080p screen then I wouldn’t have the 1440p option on YouTube. Get your facts right.

    • Someone

      12/18/2015 at 12:33 pm

      Mainly, it’s because you’re wrong and the option isn’t controlled by the resolution of your screen.

      • Monokuma

        12/18/2015 at 4:51 pm

        Then tell me, why am I able to play 1440p videos in YouTube and my tablet s2 box says able to play 1440p format video playback ?

  4. Flamnpede

    12/09/2015 at 12:34 pm

    Um according to the benchmarks the Nexus 9 basically wipes the floor with the tab s2.

  5. Bob

    12/18/2015 at 3:53 pm

    Umm.. only a true nerd is concerned strictly with specs.. all those specs play a big part in usability.. the premium feel and the user experience offered by the Samsung tablet is far superior to what Google 9 is offering.. imho..

  6. Luka

    01/17/2016 at 10:15 am

    “About the only advantage the Nexus 9 does have is…” and lists 4 of them.

    • Chaz

      01/17/2016 at 10:48 am

      Better GPU tegra k1
      Bigger screen
      Google OS
      Faster Updates

      That’s it, While Tab S2-

      Thinner Design 5.5 mm
      Super Amoled
      Good camera
      No light bleed like the N9
      No stiff buttons like the N9
      No Lag unlike 5.1.1 version of the N9
      SD Expansion up to 100gb
      Cheaper compared to the 32gb Variant N9
      Comes with better colors
      Ultra Lightweight, lighter than Z3 TC

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